Ag News

Another Nebraska County is “Livestock Friendly”. Saunders County is the latest to receive that designation through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. With the addition of Saunders County, there are now 29 counties designated as Livestock Friendly through the state program. To apply for a livestock friendly county designation, the county board must hold a public hearing and pass a resolution to apply. A completed application is then submitted to Department of Agriculture for review. Local producers or community groups can encourage their county board to submit a livestock friendly county application.   The post Nebraska adds another ‘Livestock Friendly’ county appeared...
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Indiana Pork is partnering with the Metro Baptist Center of Indianapolis to provide hams for its annual Operation Christmas initiative.  Indiana Pork donated $2,500 towards the purchase of 600 hams for Christmas food baskets. Tom Polak, executive director for the Metro Baptist Center says without Indiana Pork’s partnership this wouldn’t be possible.  “Indiana Pork’s donation allows the families we support to enjoy a ham this holiday season,” he says. The Operation Christmas initiative also includes distribution of more than 2,500 shoe boxes containing gifts for children ages 12 and under. Sarah Ford, director of checkoff programs at Indiana Pork says ham is a...
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Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt calls 2013 and 2014 transitional to the crop sector.  He tells Brownfield prices were transcending from very high prices to more moderate ones.  “The ’13 crop, as an example, averaged about $4.50 a bushel,” he says.  “It looks like this very large ’14 crop $3.50 a bushel.  Is coming down off the highs of $7.00 during the 2012 drought year.” Hurt says the industry is moving from a boon time to one of moderation… but, not a bust.  “Absolutely not,” he says.  “When we go through a boon and bust cycle we see characteristics that we don’t...
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The universal question of the season is “so, what do you want for Christmas?”  Feel free to amend that question with Hannukah, Kwanzaa or your holiday of choice.  In any event,  I’m not one of those who demurs and says, “Don’t bother, I’ve got everything I need.”  Nope, I hit ‘em with my list, detailed down to style, size, color, model type and serial number.  I’ve perfected this list-making skill since I was a greedy five-year-old. So, when I’m asked what I want out of the 114th Congress – or more generally, the next couple of years in DC – I...
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Ag News - Rural Issues

Following the release of USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Friday, September 26th, the National Pork Board hosted a tele-conference for the ag media featuring three ag economists and their reactions to the report. The panel included Dr. Ron Plain, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri; Daniel Bluntzer, Director of...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising given...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill is encouraging farmers to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Hill says the EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Water Act would give the federal government jurisdiction over essentially all farmland in the state of Iowa. AUDIO: Craig Hill (5:47 MP3) Link to Iowa Farm...Read the full story... »     
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At the Iowa Pork Congress on Wednesday, attendees received an update on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). One of the presenters was Dr. Rodney “Butch” Baker with the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.   In this interview with Brownfield, Dr. Baker says there are signs that the spread of virus may be slowing down....Read the full story... »     
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